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William Beveridge Quotes





A cockle-fish may as soon crowd the ocean into its narrow shell, as vain man ever comprehend the decrees of God.
[Providence]
 

If the way to heaven be narrow, it is not long; and if the gate be strait, it opens into endless life.
[Heaven]
 

Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.
 

It calls in my spirits, composes my thoughts, delights my ear, recreates my mind, and so not only fits me for after business, but fills my heart, at the present, with pure and useful thoughts; so that when the music sounds the sweetliest in my ears, truth commonly flows the clearest into my mind.
[Music]
 

Scratch a pessimist and you find often a defender of privilege.
 

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of common man.